Thursday, April 30, 2009

TheFind guest post: Bejewel Mom with Robinda Unsworth's Rich Moroccan Inspired Jewels

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Jeweler Robindira Unsworth's collection is inspired by the exotic surroundings of Morocco. Robindira and her husband Robert launched the namesake company in 2001. Each of the designs is handcrafted in the Moroccan inspired Northern California studio, which looks out to the hills of Sonoma County. Among the collection you'll find the perfect complements for a Boho Chic lifestyle including richly dark hued gemstones set in 22k gold vermeil and most recently a collection of fine jewelry partnering rose cut and pave diamonds set in 18-karat gold. From the hills of Sonoma to the Hollywood hills Robindira Unsworth's jewelry has been spotted on the likes of Katie Holmes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Love Hewitt.


We spotted a few of our favorites from the Robindira Unsworth collection that would make a perfect gift for mom. Save 15% using Coupon code - THEFIND for 15% off regularly priced items only at Naturals of Ashland. Good through 12/31/09. See more of Robindira Unsworth here.

Pictured clockwise:
Robindira Unsworth's Lotus Pendant, $200
Robindira Unsworth Smoky Quartz Cluster Necklace, $250
Robindira Unsworth Hammered Hoop with Bead Earring, $110
Robindira Unsworth Hammered Hoop Earring, $130





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Buy it: Old Navy yoga pants
I am a firm believer in investing in items you wear the most. $1200 purse? Worth it if you carry it every day. $200 jeans? If you wear them every weekend, sure. But for some reason, I can't bring myself to invest in workout gear. Lululemon Athletica seems to be very popular in my exercise classes; I checked out the store in Union Square and got the whole spiel from the perky sales associate, and while, yes, their clothes are stylish and flattering and obviously well made, I just couldn't spend $96 on pants and $54 on a tank top. That I work out in. This is a sentiment Old Navy seems to be addressing in ads for their new line of workout clothes; they were enough to draw me into the store, and I'll admit I was rather impressed with what I found there. The powerhouse of their new athletic line is the basic yoga pant; the design, with its paneled waistband and back-leg seams, is very similar to Lululemon's best-selling Groove pant. I can attest that they're comfortable and flattering; they stay put whilst bending and stretching; and so far, they aren't fading in color (I wash my darks on the delicate cycle, with cold water). There's also this slightly more colorful fold-over yoga pant, with a striped waistband.

I prefer to wear old T-shirts when I work out (my upper arms are still a work in progress), but if you are a tank top gal, Old Navy has those too. The cross-front tank is very Lululemon-esque; there's also this sporty-looking active tank and even a moisture-wicking tank. One of my favorite pieces of the collection, however, is this bathrobe-meets-hoodie yoga wrap. At $24.50, it's the most expensive piece featured here (that's right, the most expensive is $24.50), but it will make a chic cover-up for going to and from the gym...and maybe on the weekends...and maybe you can get away with wearing it to work too. I'm almost positive that this, too, is a Lululemon knockoff, although I can't find the original on their newly-launched online shop.

While I do aspire to one day own a pair of Lululemon Athletica pants (and, yes, maybe the wrap hoodie too), the reality is that, for the (recessionary) time being, I'll have to stick with Old Navy. After all, it's the workout that counts, not what you wear to it.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The week in shopping
Shoes start at just $75 (bags at $150) at Jimmy Choo's one-day blowout sale. 4/30; 1-7; Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Aeffe's sample sale features Moschino, Gaultier, Alberta Ferretti, and other desirable labels at below-wholesale prices. 4/29-5/2; 10-6, 11-5 Sat.; 30 W. 56th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

French Connection for men & women is $15-$60; plus score Free People for 65% off retail, Repetto shoes for $50-$75, and Lewis Cho and Mara Hoffman at below-wholesale prices at Clothingline. Through 4/30; 10-7, 10-6 Wed.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Ted Rossi's downtown-cool jewelry is $20 and up (clutches are $80 and up). 4/30–5/1; 10-7; 15 E. 30th St. (5th & Madison Aves.), ste. 200.

Stylish shoes you'll wear all year long are $40 and up at Matt Bernson's cash-only sample sale. 5/1–5/3; noon-7; 450 Greenwich St. (at Vestry St.).

Preview it online through 4/28, or shop in person starting Friday: Satya's yoga-inspired jewelry is up to 80% off. 5/1-5/3; 10-6; 253 Centre St. (Broome & Grand Sts.).

Score Vivienne Tam's Asian-influenced collection for 75% off retail. 4/29-5/1; 9-8 Wed., 10-7 Thurs., 10-6 Fri.; 260 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Just in time for Mother's Day, Slane & Slane's precious and semiprecious jewelry is on sale; think $40 for select sterling silver pieces, $165 for a freshwater pearl necklace. 4/29-5/1; 2-6 p.m. Wed., 10-8 Thurs., 10-6 Fri.; 48 W. 25th St. (6th Ave. & Broadway).

Fancy yourself a fancy lady? Hit the Nancy Gonzalez sample sale for an exotic-skin handbag, normally sold at the likes of Bergdorf Goodman. 4/29-4/30; 10-6; 575 Madison Ave. (56th & 57th Sts.)., 8th fl.

Valentino clothing and accessories for men and women is on sale at Soffier Haskin starting this weekend. 5/2-5/5; 9-6:30, 9-5 Tues.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Floor models and discontinued items are 10%-50% off at Ligne Roset Soho. 4/30-5/3; 10-6, noon-5 Sun.; 155 Wooster St. (at Houston St.).

Miguelina's lovely, feminine dresses and separates are up to 50% off wholesale. 4/30–5/1; 10-6; 20 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 6th fl.

For menswear with a slight Brit vibe, hit the Spurr sample sale for denim, shirts, suits, and knits for up to 65% off retail. 4/30-5/2; noon-7 Thurs. & Fri., noon-5 Sat. & Sun.; 5 Crosby St. (Grand & Howard Sts.), ste. 3D.

Find Alicia Bell for up to 75% off (now $50-$75), Lilla P. knits for up to 80% off (think $10-$20 for tees, $40 for dresses), and Melly M. for 80% off (skirts for $55, dresses for $99). 4/28–4/29; 9-6; 420 W. 14th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.), 3rd fl.

If you don't mind paying $5 to get in, you can get True Religion, Marc Jacobs, and DVF for up to 80% off at the Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash. 4/30; 5-10 p.m.; Touch, 240 W. 52nd St. (8th Ave. & Broadway).

European labels like Diesel, List, Javier Simorra, and more are $35 and under at this sale. 4/30–5/1l 9:30-7 Thurs., 9:30-6 Fri.; 260 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 3rd fl.

Donna Morgan and Ali Ro womenswear is 50%-70% off at this sale. 4/28–4/29; 8:30-7 Tues., 8:30-5:30 Wed.; 530 7th Ave. (at 39th St.).

Nolita menswear boutique Sew has jackets, suits, shirts, ties, and more for 50% off. Ongoing; 11-7 weekdays, 11-6 weekends; 229A Mott St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Take 20% off gifts with code MOM or 10% off sale items with code TAG at Hable Construction through 5/12.

Take 30% off any order of $300 or more at Cheryl Shops fave ShopJake.com with code save30 through 4/29.

Use code 049901 for 15% off all Bliss or Remede purchases at Bliss through 5/1.

Use code NMSPRGC for a gift card of up to $700 when you spend $250 or more at Neiman Marcus through 4/28.

Use code 50533437 for 20% off at Martin & Osa through 4/28.

Clearance merch is up to 80% off at Alloy.com and at Delia*s.

BananaRepublic.com has new markdowns of up to 50% off--shop now and beat the rush.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

TheFind Guest Post: EDUN's Latest Collection Flaunts Bold Patterns and Flowing Silhouettes

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The socially conscious clothing company EDUN was founded in 2005 by Ali Hewson and her husband Bono. EDUN's vision is to create beautiful clothing while helping to build sustainable communities and encourage apparel production in Africa.

TheFind's editors were lucky enough to attend the recent launch event of the EDUN pop-up store in San Francisco and view the collection in person. Guests at the event were enticed by the luxurious fabrics and striking cut-out details of the collection. The Spring/Summer '09 collection from EDUN takes inspiration from "The majesty of the kingdom of Africa fused with the finesse of the French." Sweaters knit from organic cotton add interest with open weave tribal patterns. Satin and silk are woven to create intricate patterns adding a luxe feel to free flowing silhouettes. Cut out motifs add a dazzling appeal to the sweaters and dresses.

Embrace sustainable fashion this Earth Day and receive 25% off the entire EDUN Spring/Summer 2009 Collection from 4/20 thru 4/30 with online
coupon code, TheFind25. Thanks to our friends at Edun.com for this exclusive discount available only at TheFind. Search Edun.com on TheFind.

Our top picks from the Spring/Summer Collection pictured here: (from left)

Leopard Sash V-neck Tee in White, 100% Organic Cotton
Sacred Straight Leg Jeans in Serengeti Denim Jeans 6-Pocket straight leg

Nyasa Camisole Top in 100 % Silk Georgette

Conservation Top in Black, 100% Organic Cotton

Hexagon Sweater - African Violet, 100% Organic Cotton



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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

MasstigeWatch!
Matthew Williamson for H&M hits the following stores tomorrow (Thursday) at 9 a.m.:

Atlanta: Atlantic Station, 231 18th St.
Boston: 100 Newbury St.
Chicago: 840 North Michigan Avenue
Los Angeles: Beverly Center
New York: 34th and Broadway
New York: 51st and 5th
New York: 59th and Lexington
San Francisco: 150 Powell St.

I will be sleeping in, as I have the day off, but if you are a Williamson fan, you can preview the collection online and strategize; expect Racked to have play-by-play commentary.

In Target news, the Loomstate for Target collection is now live, as are Ashley Paige swimsuits, Felix Rey handbags, and Miss Trish of Capri sandals. I will be checking all out in person this weekend when I hit my local Target in Chicago. I will, of course, report back.

Speaking of Target, this tasty tidbit was buried in last Thursday's Fashion Scoops in WWD [subscription required]:

EASY TARGET: Anna Sheffield is spreading her seeds. The jewelry designer, whose Bing Bang line launched Bee 23 with Urban Outfitters last year, is once again hitting up the masses, this time with Target. Rumor has it she’ll be designing jewelry under the name Anna Sheffield for Target, presumably for the retailer’s Go International program, which has seen the likes of hip, downtown designers such as Rogan Gregory, Richard Chai and most recently Tracy Feith. The jewelry hits stores this August.


Yay for that! I love Bing Bang, although I've found Bee 23 to be a little on the disappointing side. Let's hope the Target collection is a bit more successful.

Hitting Topshop April 28th is the Barbara Hulanicki collection. For those of you not well-versed in 20th century fashion history, Hulanicki was the creator of Biba, one of the most influential boutiques of Swinging London. The line is very bohemian and chiffon-y; you can view photos here. For the dudes, Refinery 29 reports Richard Chai, Phillip Lim, Christopher Shannon, Juun J, JW Anderson, and Henry Holland will interpret the classic white T-shirt, with a mini-collection hitting stores May 28th.

Finally, Nylon has a preview of the upcoming Shipley & Halmos collection for Uniqlo, which hits stores May 7th. I feel as neutral about it as I did about the Steven Alan collection, but maybe it will be cuter in person.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cheryl Shops Spring Shopping Guide: Jumpsuits!
I've saved the best for last in this final post of the spring shopping guide. That's right, I'm talking about jumpsuits! To me, the awesomeness of jumpsuits is a no-brainer: They combine the ease of one-piece dressing with the comfort of pants--in other words, it's like wearing a dress, but more comfy. Jumpsuits are flattering too, especially if you go for one of the more fluid jersey cuts. Of course, the strapless (or halter, or spaghetti-strap) wide-leg styles are a dime a dozen, and while they're sexy for nighttime, you're kind of limited as to where you can wear them. So I picked styles that you can get away with wearing during the day, as well as at night.

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This Yves Saint Laurent jumpsuit is so tailored and elegant, it almost doesn't even read as a jumpsuit. I am a little on the fence about the length, however--to me, the pants could be a few inches longer.


This Stella McCartney jumpsuit is genius, because it combines the look of a boyfriend blazer and skinny cropped pants, all in one impeccably tailored piece. If you're going to splurge, I think this would be well worth the price.


The shape of this Zero + Maria Cornejo Artem jumpsuit is a little more traditional, but the fluid, loose fit will flatter a range of body types (Maria Cornejo knows what she's doing when it comes to cut).


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This Issa flutter-sleeve jumpsuit reminds me of a 1930s screen siren--I think it's a combination of the flutter sleeves, the knot front, and the very fluid legs. This is one jumpsuit that actually mimics a long dress.


If the voluminous look worries you, this Maje belted jumpsuit should ease your fears. The legs are slim, and the waist sash keeps everything in shape. I also think the price is not at all bad for 100% silk.


This Helmut Lang jumpsuit is very similar to the Maje one above, except there's more coverage in the upper body, making it a better choice for work. It's also black, which is a bit more slimming and formal than tan.


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The good news is that jumpsuits are such a popular trend for spring, they're widely available at every price point, and there are even some great buys under $100. This Spiegel twill jumpsuit is more on the casual side, but I think you could come up with some interesting ways to layer it.


This jumpsuit from Target's in-house Go International collection is definitely trendier, with a drapey top and slim legs. It's polyester, and I'm worried it looks like it, but the cut looks flattering, especially for night.


This New York & Company collection jumpsuit reminds me of the Stella McCartney look above--it's very sophisticated and structured, but the neckline keeps it sexy. And if you ask me, it looks a lot more expensive than its $76 price tag.
Cheryl Shops Spring Shopping Guide: Huarache Sandals
As it is nearly every summer, the bohemian look is back in full effect. But in case you haven't noticed, I'm not including much boho stuff in my spring shopping guide because, well, I'm kind of sick of it. Yes, it's great to run around in coin necklaces and peasant tops and gladiator sandals--and I will most likely continue to do so, to some extent--but since this style keeps coming back year after year, I already have most of the key components of the look in my closet (and I'm assuming you do too). But one new bohemian piece that's really caught my eye is the updated huarache sandal--the freshest versions have a big heel and a generous platform, so they're very tough and sexy, and could work with a variety of styles (i.e. not just the hippie look). If the cage boots I featured a few weeks ago are too out-there for you, then huaraches are definitely the investment shoe of the season.

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In case you're not yet tired of my Lanvin infatuation, here's more fuel for the fire: a perfect pair of woven sandals from our dear Alber Elbaz. I like these because they're not too crazy-looking, the heel is nice and sturdy, and they're satin, which is unexpected and fancy.


If you have thicker legs, these Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti huarache wedge sandals are not for you--the combination of the platform and the wedge will make it look like you have big bricks on your feet. However, for those with slimmer stems, these have a groovy '70s look; I'd wear 'em with high-waisted pants or skirts.


These Sigerson Morrison huarache boots are certainly sexy, and in fact they remind me more of the aforementioned cage boots than actual huraraches. But, it's another way to wear the look, and these seem incredibly indulgent and luxurious to me--what's more impractical than open-toe boots?


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Sigerson Morrison--and Belle--shoes have traditionally had a delicate shape, but this season they've hopped on the platform bandwagon with styles like this gladiator wedge. Again, like the Philosophy wedges above, these are not the best if you have thicker legs, but I love the studs at the sides--they toughen 'em up for a totally badass look.


Joie clothing has a very Califorina, Laurel Canyon bohemian vibe, so it makes sense that they'd make a reliably good huarache, such as this wedge sandal. The shape is actually quite elegant, and the woven design conveys the theme, but in a not-so-obvious way.


One of my absolute favorites is the Pascale huarache sandal from Pour La Victoire--I saw these at Bloomingdale's and I can attest that they're even more awesome in person. They are incredibly sexy, and, with a one-inch platform, the heel is actually manageable.


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Sam Edelman has increasingly become a brand to turn to for trendy yet comfortable shoes, and it looks like their Sahara sandal is another winner. They're cute and wearable, with a sculpted, architectural heel to keep things interesting.


You know a trend is big when even Banana Republic gets in on it. I think the Bella platform is a smart pick, and if you're not into basic brown and black, it comes in light gray and gold metallic, which are neutrals in their own way.


Say what you will about Jessica Simpson; her line of shoes is not of the highest quality, but it excels at creating uber-current shoes that last just about as long as the trend does. The price is right for the Delanco sandals, but, based on the reviews, it looks like you get what you pay for.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The week in shopping
Nolita darlings Sigerson Morrison, Me&Ro, and Zero + Maria Cornejo are teaming up for a three-way sample sale. SM boots are $250, shoes are $135; Belle boots are $175 and sandals are $75. 4/22-4/24; 10:30-7 Wed., 8-7:30 Thurs., 8-3 Fri.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

It's one last hurrah for Mayle--find never-before-seen and limited-edition items at wholesale prices. Of course I will be out of town this weekend. 4/24-4/25; 11-7; 242 Elizabeth St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).

Resort, spring, and swim collections are cheapity cheap (tops are $15 and up, dresses are $30 and up) at Mara Hoffman. 4/23–4/25; 10-7 Thurs. & Fri., 11-6 Sat.; 120 W. 28th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 3rd fl.

Project Runway's Kara Janx is still at it, and you can find her colorful, very wearable collection for 50%-80% off. 4/22–4/23; 11-6:30; 242 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 8th fl., studio 1.

Cheryl Shops fave Auto is having its famous semiannual yard sale this weekend; find samples, overstock, and clearance home accessories, jewelry, and clothes from Missoni, John Robshaw, Meg Cohen, and more. 4/23-4/26; 11-7, 11-6 Sun.; 805 Washington St. (Gansevoort & Horatio Sts.).

Francesco Biasia handbags are 50%-70% off at this cash-only sale. 4/21-4/24; 9-6; 320 5th Ave. (32nd & 33rd Sts.)., ste. 1100.

Venexiana by Kati Stern's fanciful, luxe dresses, shoes, and hosiery are $50-$350 (that's up to 80% off) at this cash-only sale. 4/23–4/25; 10-5; 335 W. 35th St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Find luxe Italian clothes and accessories from MaxMara--plus Max&co., Sportmax, 'S MaxMara, Marina Rinaldi, and Weekend--for up to 70% off retail. 4/26-4/29; noon-5 Sun., 10-8 Mon., 10-7 Tues., 9-4 Wed.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Canadian accessories company M0851 is taking up to 70% off its buttery, modern leather handbags. 4/23-4/26; 10-9 Thurs. & Fri., 10-8 Sat., noon-8 Sun.; 106 Wooster St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Online and at Dolce Vita stores, take $25 off a $100 purchase, $50 off a $200 purchase, $80 off a $300 purchase, or $115 off a $400 purchase. Through 4/22; 149 and 159-1/2 Ludlow St. (Stanton & Rivington Sts.).

The Kisan Concept Store is taking 20% off new arrivals from Isabel Marant, Sonia Rykiel, Orla Kiely, and other coveted labels. Through 4/30; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 125 Greene St. (Houston & Prince Sts.).

Mary Norton shoes and handbags are 50%-90% off; the Karla clutch is $299 (originally $995). 4/21–4/24; 9-6 Tues. & Wed., 9-8 Thurs., 9-5 Fri.; 12 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 401.

Furla handbags, shoes, and accessories are up to 70% off. 4/22-4/24; 8-8 Wed., 10-8 Thurs. & Fri.; 145 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Spend $150 at Tretorn and get $40 off; or spend $100 and get $25 off, or spend $75 and get $10 off. Through 4/24; 10-8; 150 Spring St. (Wooster & W. Broadway).

Save 50% on jewelry from Asha by ADM, Emily Amey, Lauren Wolf, Yumi Chen, and others. 4/24–4/25; noon-7 Fri., 10-7 Sat.; 211 W. 28th St., (7th & 8th Aves.), 6th fl.

Get a head start on Father's Day shopping: Hickey Freeman suits are $600 (originally $3,295), sport coats are $300 (originally $995), and Bobby Jones golf shirts are $65 (originally $150). 4/26–4/30; 9-6 Sun., 9-6:30 Mon.-Wed., 9-5 Thurs.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Lunessa's sample sale features Becky Kelso jewelry for 65% off, Elise Perleman jewelry for $150 (originally $500), and other markdowns from Mischa, Catherine Weitzman, and more. Through 4/26; noon-7; 100 Thompson St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Cashmere sweaters are 50% off at Operations. Through 4/30; 11-7; 60 Mercer St. (at Broome St.).

If your mom loves Aaron Basha charms (or if you do), hit William Barthman Jewelers, where they're 50% off this week. Through 4/26; 8:30-6 weekdays, 11-5 weekends; 176 Broadway (Maiden Ln. & John St.).

Schlep out to New Jersey and score Baccarat crystal for up to 80% off. Think stemware, barware, vases, jewelry, and all-around good Mother's Day presents. 4/24-4/25; 9-5; 36 Mayfield Ave., Edison, NJ.

While you're in the neighborhood, head over to Bo Concept's warehouse sale, where the modern Swedish furniture is 30%-70% off. 4/25; 10-3; 180 Pulaski St., Bayonne, New Jersey.

Find Gianfranco Ferre, Cavalli, Versace, and more Italian designers for up to 80% off. Sizes 38-48 will be available. 4/23-4/26; 11-7; 41 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 5th fl.

Cadeau Maternity is closing down; if you're expecting, you can expect to save up to 90%. Store fixtures are up for grabs too. 4/21-4/22; 10-7; 254 Elizabeth St. (Prince & Houston Sts.).

Patti Rose has Ungaro, Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, and a bunch of other ritzy designers for up to 90% off. Sizes 2-16 will be available. Through 4/21; 8:30-6; 124 E. 58th St. (Park & Lex.).

Laura Lobdell jewelry is $30-$104 online at TheSavvy.com from noon 4/22 to noon 4/25.

Hit Cheryl Shops fave TG-170 for Samantha Shapiro's opening party; partake of refreshments; and get 10% off your purchase for the evening. 4/23; 7-9 p.m.; 170 Ludlow St. (Houston & Stanton Sts.).

Lord & Taylor is hosting a spring shopping event called Love at First Sight. Shop contemporary designers like Tibi, Anna Sui, Rich & Skinny, and Bailey 44; partake of complimentary services from Oasis Day Spa, and get a $250 spa gift certificate when you spend $1000. RSVP here. 4/23; 6-8 p.m.

Now through 4/25, shop Ralphlauren.com and get 15% off your purchase; you decide what charity gets the 15% instead, all in celebration of National Volunteer Week.

Take up to 25% off stylish everyday basics at Isabella Oliver 365 4/23-5/4.

It's Friends & Family at Bloomingdale's! Take 20% off your order with code SPRINGFF through 4/26.

It's also Friends & Family at Lord & Taylor. Use code FRIENDS for 25% off starting Wednesday.

Take an extra 20% off the warehouse sale at WHotelstheStore.com with code F6VE7.

Take $15 off when you buy a body butter, a scrub, and a shower gel of any scent at Bliss. Use code SAVE15 through 5/11.

Take 10% off purchases of $125 or 15% off a $175 purchase at Piperlime with code SAVE through 5/3. Free shipping & free returns too!

Take 10% off sidewide with code SPRING10 at Pink Mascara through 5/31. Not valid on sale merch.

Save 30%-75% on new markdowns from designers like Theory, Ella Moss, Free People, and more at Revolve Clothing.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

TheFind Guest Post: King of the Nip and Tuck - Alexander McQueen Belts

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Alexander McQueen is one of the reigning bad boys of fashion and most recently was a buzz with his McQ for Target line. This season is all about dramatic accessories - the more daring the better. The naughty haughty prince of fashion sets the catwalk on fire with not only his clothes but also his cheeky bold accessories. Most recently Alexander McQueen's belts have caught our eye. If you are averse to laying down thousands for one of McQueen's fab frocks consider snapping up one of these bold belts to finish off everything from jumpsuits to pencil skirts and fitted shift dresses.



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Cheryl Shops Spring Shopping Guide: Beaded Ribbon Necklaces
In case you haven't figured it out by now, I am a little obsessed with Lanvin. I think Alber Elbaz is a genius for many reasons, but primarily because he creates incredibly flattering dresses that women want to wear. It should be noted that his shoes are equally wonderful; I own a pair of the ballet flats, and not only are they tres chic, they're some of the most comfortable shoes I own. But lately, what's really been catching my eye is the costume jewelry--more specifically, the necklaces. Often strung on satin or grosgrain ribbon, they're beautiful jeweled clusters with pearls or beads or crystals. The show-stopper this season is enamel; expect to see it knocked off from here to eternity.

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This Lanvin enamel necklace is the one inspiring this entire post. It's so overtly feminine--and, hello, pink--which I normally stay away from, but for some reason, I totally want this necklace. I would wear it with something simple, like a ribbed tank top. Then again, at $2,600, I think I'd have to wear it with everything in my closet.


Here's another Lanvin enamel necklace; this one being gray, it's much more up my alley. It doesn't quite have the impact of the previous style, but it's, dare I say, slightly more versatile since it's more neutral in color.


If the Lanvin necklaces give you sticker shock, this Ranjana Khan necklace is luxurious without being such a splurge. And, unlike the Lanvins, it's actually made of semiprecious stones--in this case, rose quartz.


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This Kate Spade Mariposa Fleur necklace is similar in color to the Lanvin, as well as in its unapologetically girly look. It's a lot of necklace, and it's not for everyone, but it's definitely a statement-maker.


Also similar in color to the Lanvin necklace is this Lee Angel Anik necklace. But since the beads are pretty much uniform in size (although there are a lot of them), this one seems easier to wear than the Kate Spade necklace above.


This Anthropologie necklace has the clustery pearl look of a lot of Lanvin's other necklaces. Being white and not pink, it's much more versatile in terms of what you can wear with it.


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This multi-strand necklace from Newport News is similar in idea, but much more simple in execution. I think the metallic beads are really pretty, though, and, again, the neutral color scheme allows you to wear it with a lot more items in your closet.


This faux pearl necklace from Spiegel is, again, not quite what I'm looking for, but it's very similar to a lot of other Lanvin styles; with the pearls and black ribbon, it also has a Chanel-like effect.


But, lo and behold, leave it to Forever 21 to do the most literal--and most affordable--knockoff. Yes, this beaded loop necklace is a simplistic version, but it's also $10.80, and for that price, who's complaining?
Cheryl Shops Spring Shopping Guide: Nude Tops
In winter, we New Yorkers wear black, black, and more black. Of course, when summer comes, we panic, because black seems too heavy all of a sudden, but god forbid we should wear color. There's white, of course, but it gets dirty really quickly and ends up being rather high-maintenance. Enter nude, which was all over the spring runways. It's a neutral that's light enough for warm weather but much more forgiving in terms of care and flattering one's skin tone. I am focusing on tops, because they're daring without having the "Oh my god, is she naked?" effect that wearing an entire nude dress might have.

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I like this Thakoon slouchy pullover because of its peachy hue and blousy, peasant-top fit. The asymmetrical yoke gives it a nice shape, too.


This Stella McCartney cardigan is totally a "wear now" piece. While it looks kind of buttoned up, the positioning of the buttons allows you to show a little skin, or a peek of a lace-trimmed camisole, for example.


On the other end of the spectrum in terms of sexiness is this sequined tank, also by Stella McCartney: It's sheer, and it's sparkly, and it's totally sexy. Obviously, you'll want to layer this over another tank top, but it will still achieve a total effect of nakedness. (In a sophisticated way, of course--this is Stella we're talking about.)


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Similar to the Thakoon top above, this Peter Jensen Blouse has some volume to make it more interesting; since the sleeves are so exaggerated in shape, it helps that they're completely sheer, so that you can see your actual arm underneath all that fabric.


If wearing all nude fabric seems a bit intimidating to you, you can cheat a little with this Adam top. The metal discs add some embellishment, but since they're all similar in tone, it doesn't distract from the neutral color.


La Garconne showed this ruffled Vanessa Bruno top in an email, and that was enough to make me click through. That seemed to have worked for a bunch of people, because, in spite of its $462 price tag, it almost sold out instantly (there's still a size 42 left). I love the cascading ruffle--it's feminine without being too girly, and it's placed perfectly so it doesn't add any bulk. Lovely tops like this are the reason Vanessa Bruno has such a devoted following.


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This Haute Hippie Tee has the loose, relaxed look of a lot of the other tops featured thus far, but it's cotton, which makes it a lot more casual than, say, silk chiffon. But the loose fit is key, so it's obvious that you aren't, you know, naked.


This cardigan from Forever 21 is great for layering over other tops, if you don't want to go for a totally bare look, but it has sheer chiffon insets that convey the idea in a more subtle way.


The thing I love about Forever 21 is amidst all the totally cheap polyester crap, every once in awhile you'll find something gorgeous. Take, for example, this lace-trim top. It's silk, with a pretty bow at the neck and delicate black lace. It looks very French and much more expensive than its $32 price tag.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cheryl Shops Spring Shopping Guide: Shredded Skinny Jeans
The good news is that if you hated boyfriend jeans, they're dying a slow death. The bad news is that if you loved the slouchy, relaxed, forgiving look of boyfriend jeans, you're not going to be too happy about the shredded, skinny, light-wash jeans that are all the rage this season--slim legs are a must to wear this style, because if your jeans are too tight, your skin will ooze out of the tears like toothpaste through a tube. Also, it should be noted, some of the styles I'm about to show you are acid wash. Yes, acid wash. The man we have to thank for this perplexing--yet intriguing--trend is Balmain's Christophe Decarnin, the current darling of the French fashion magazines and those who read them religiously. I'm sure Pierre Balmain, whose aesthetic was entirely prim-and-proper feminine, is turning over in his grave, but Decarnin has completely revitalized the house, and women around the world are paying top dollar for his slightly sleazy, luxe '80s rocker look. It's by no means easy to wear, but it's sexy and, if you ask me, a step way above the scary little-girl looks that have been prevalent the past few seasons.

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If you're going to spend this much on denim, it's best to go straight to the source. These motocross jeans by Balmain are the pair that inspired me to write this entire post, not so much for their cool factor, but for their price: $2165 to be exact. But before you could say, "Who's going to spend $2165 on jeans?" they sold out. In a recession. Hot? You bet.


If you find white skinny jeans a bit scary (I, for one, do), then this destroyed skinny pair, also from Balmain, should seem a bit more doable. The destruction is more understated as well, with one major hole at the knee. Of course, for nearly $2,000, one would hope that Decarnin distressed them himself, but, sadly, I don't think that's the case.


At $1825, these Balmain destroyed jeans seem like a veritable bargain. That might explain why they're almost sold out. They're also acid-washed, but before you freak out, it's a kinder, gentler acid wash than what we wore in the 80s. I hated acid wash the first time around, and yet I somehow find these appealing. Just be sure to keep whatever you're wearing on top pretty simple--i.e. no paint-splatter tees or whatever you wore in the '80s.


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If $2,000 jeans kind of freak you out, the good news is that you can easily get the look for a tenth of the price. These Citizens of Humanity Avedon skinny jeans, for example, are a pretty good approximation of the first pair, from the skinny fit to the shredding along the legs. Of course, white skinny jeans are not a look that everyone can pull off.


These Current/Elliott skinny jeans have a similar look, but with a slightly darker finish that's more like super-faded denim, instead of pure white. The abrasions are also a bit more subtle, so you won't have to worry as much about the aforementioned toothpaste effect.


If you liked the third look above--and are intrigued rather than repulsed by acid wash--then these J Brand acid wash ripped jeans may be for you. I am a big proponent of J Brand jeans--I think they fit really well, and I like that they're not all decked out with logos and stitching. Which is key when you're wearing a ripped, acid-washed pair of jeans.


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The wash is a bit on the dark side, but with these Levi's skinny jeans, you pretty much know what you're getting, which is a good fit and nearly indestructible quality (seriously, Levi's last years and years and years). The less extreme wash also means they'll survive long past the acid-wash trend is over.


These Harlow skinny jeans from Delia*s (not to be confused with Earnest Sewn's Harlan jeans) are, again, not quite as light as the Balmain jeans, but the cut is a bit more realistic and the wash is more flattering. In other words, you'll achieve a similar effect without looking like a fashion victim.


But, if it's Balmain you're after, these skinny jeans from Forever 21 were the closest thing I could find. I'm not too keen on the cropped length, but the wash and shredding are close, and the studded trim at the pockets adds an appropriate Balmain-ish rock-and-roll effect. For $25, really, you can't do any better than this.